The Strange Ways We Claim People as Ours

Wolves urinate to mark their territory. Leopards rub up against things to mark theirs. Silverbacks tend to defend their groups rather than any specific location, using sounds, displays and charges to get their point across. And humans? Most of the time, we make fools of ourselves. ...more
Wow, that is so unbelievably diabolical! It's like Desperate Housewives - but  for singles! ... more

Conversations and kicking thy own butt

Over the past month I have had a good hard look at myself. Which led me to a few conclusions and a conversation with yours truly (usually on public transit immediately before the temptation to take up nailbiting for sport),  but to clarify - said conversations take place in my own head, not aloud because THAT my friends, would be CRAZY...Cakes, I hate to tell you this but, you NEED to get your shit together.First off,  your ass – it’s looking too flat. Remember it back in the day? HmmHmm, smokin’....more
@Wanderoke It's so tragic, I tried on my favourite red dress and it was horrendous. I can't ... more

Do You Cook Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day for Good Luck in the New Year?

You've probably hear about the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Apparently even in ancient times it was common to eat black-eyed peas for New Year's luck, and in America, the practice spread across Southern states after the civil war, when "cowpeas" became a sign of luck because they were considered animal food by Northerners, and were one of the few crops that weren't burned by Union troops. ...more
Everything looks d-lish! I don't think they sell B-E-P where i live here in the south of Italy. ... more

Happy New Years Expats!

(Only 18 days late!)Has anyone made any resolutions for the new year? I for one am aiming to have an actual, real conversation in French by the end of the year. I want to go past the basic and into real topic with real structured sentences territory. It should be interesting! But thankfully, my French tutor is a very patient woman.What about your resolutions? Any goals to enhance your life in your new country?

Six Dangers of Online Dating

Let it be known: I am not a big fan of online dating. Yes, at least one of my best friends found her fabulous fiancé online. And if you live in a small town, or fit a specific demographic (e.g., woman over 45, ultra-busy businessperson, sugar daddy, sneaking around your spouse), online dating may expand opportunities for you. But for the rest of us, we're much better off meeting real live humans eye-to-eye the way nature intended. ...more
I quite enjoyed this article. As much as some of us in our late 30's and over would like to meet ... more